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Association between abdominal aortic diameter and peripheral vascular disease.
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PMID:  9364278     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fifty-four elderly people 81.2 years +/- 7.4 (mean age +/- s.d., range 66-98 years) were selected. These included 20 men (78.6 +/- 6.4 years, range 70-91 years) and 34 women (82.2 +/- 7.6 years, range 66-98 years). The relationship between the size of the abdominal aorta and various cardiovascular risk indicators such as calf:-brachial systolic pressure ratio, plasma cholesterol, triglycerides, and random blood glucose were examined. Abdominal aortic diameter correlated well with calf:-brachial systolic ratio measured by Doppler method over the posterior tibial artery and taking the lowest result of the right and left side (r = -0.28, P = 0.04). This correlation tended to be stronger in men (r = -0.55, P = 0.02) compared to women (r = -0.10, P = 0.57). However, the relationship tended to be confined to the systolic pressure in the left leg, raising the hypothesis that left-sided vascular disease is better related to aortic diameter, possibly due to a difference in the effects of reflected waves between the two sides. This needs further investigation. The contrast between the sexes was seen in the absence of any significant difference in resting blood pressure and calf:brachial systolic pressure ratio between the two. This finding suggests that the sex differences in the relationship between the size of the abdominal aorta and calf:brachial systolic pressure ratio are related to intrinsic properties of the arterial wall.
C Rajkumar; S Bonapace; J Starr; M Radia; C J Bulpitt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human hypertension     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0950-9240     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Hypertens     Publication Date:  1997 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-12-04     Completed Date:  1997-12-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8811625     Medline TA:  J Hum Hypertens     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  589-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Geriatric Medicine, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aging / physiology
Aorta, Abdominal / anatomy & histology*
Peripheral Vascular Diseases / etiology*
Sex Factors

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